If you were asked to characterise the way you look using a single word, what term would you choose?
A survey carried out among Thai women, aged 18 to 64, called "The Real Truth about Beauty", found that only 1% of the 301 respondents described themselves as "beautiful", with the majority (62%) of participants defining their appearance as either "average" or "natural-looking". The poll was conducted by toiletries manufacturer Dove which recently organised a seminar to discuss its findings.
"Our research found that 66% of Thai women were pressured and worried about their looks. They spend as much as 24 minutes a day grooming themselves, which was slightly more than the average time of 19 minutes a day for women in Southeast Asia as a whole. However, only 1% of the women had sufficient confidence to describe themselves as 'beautiful'. This percentage was lower than that for other countries in Southeast Asia (3%) and for women around the world (4%)," said Wannipa Bhakdibutr, vice-president for Health and Beauty Aids at Unilever Thai Trading.
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